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Lakers All-Access Top 20

December 12, 2012
By Chet Novak of LAKE LAND COLLEGE



The entire Top-20 broadcasts come from the 2011-12 basketball season and are composed largely of men's games.

The top two ranking broadcasts are women's basketball games, which might suprise some, but one of those games might surprise more than some.

While you might think the games making top grades in popularity would come mainly from Lake Land championship games or tournaments, for instance, you'd be off the mark in some instances. Following is a selected rundown of "the who and the why" when it comes to the most popular games broadcast on Lakers All-Access.

#1-- (2,177 views) The shocker here isn't so much that the number one game is a women's roundball match-up than who the participants were. Or rather, who either of the participants were not! Neither team was the Lady Lakers. The WBB teams were Ancilla College and Shawnee Community College, who squared off in Laker Fieldhouse in the 2011 Laker Holiday Classic (four-team tourney also featuring Lake Land College and John Wood Community College). To date, this is the only broadcast eclipsing the 2,000-view mark. Y-SO-HI? Both teams in this highest-ranking broadcast game travelled roughly four to five hours to Mattoon, making "live in-person" attendance difficult for most, not to mention the game played in the throes of the year. (We're talking last three days of 2011.) Possibly the biggest reason for this matchup ranking so high, however, was that these teams were both winless going into this game, leaving one team a spark of hope rebound and salvage a season while giving the other the most obvious of New Year's resolutions.

#2-- (1,797 views) The second-highest ranking broadcast also belongs to women's basketball, and is the only one of the TOP-20 not broadcast from Laker Fieldhouse. The Lady Lakers travelled to East Peoria for a pre-conference season matchup at Illinois Central College. Y-SO-HI? A weeknight ball game across state, plus the fact that ICC is one of the Lady Lakers biggest rivals, make this contest a viewing necessity and a viewing must. Another factor in high viewership is ICC runs one of, if not the best, live streaming and game video production in the state, and garners an audience savvy in seeking out and viewing live game video streams. The fact Lakers All-Access was live streaming that night and ICC was not no doubt drew a healthy crowd of online viewers from the ICC faithful.

#3-- (1,672 views) The highest ranking men's basketball game featured Lake Land vs. Vincennes University in the championship game of the 2011 Lakers Classic. Y-SO-HI? Hey, it's a championship game. The archived views may have been bumped up a bit this year when fans searching for the 2012 Lakers Classic (which was not broadcast) found last year's version, when all twelve QILC games were broadcast (in a three-day span). The tourney brought great viewer interest, with other QILC games ranking 5th, 7th, 8th, 17th, and 18th, respectively.

#4-- (1,649 views) The unusual aspect about this high-ranking game was that it was a scrimmage game. Lake Land hosted ABCD Prep and almost never came off for broadcast. The Lakers All-Access crew was broadcasting as part of a radio-only team in Champaign for a women's game, and had to pack, travel, and set up back in Mattoon a.s.a.p. for live stream of this most popular scrimmage. In order to prepare in time, the Lakers All-Access crew gave way to the WLKL crew of student broadcasters, who were also put to the test when the Lakers dressed out in retired uniforms (with uniform numbers that didn't match the current roster). Y-SO-HI? Despite all the challenges of the live stream broadcast, the game "went playground" and turned into possibly the biggest dunkfest in school history. This latter fact and a twist of fate may have helped this game reach such high numbers (mainly in archived views). Because Lakers All-Access was not doing the announcing, it was possible to utilize a feature not possible to use during regular broadcasts -- slow-motion replay. When all those dunks started showing up in slo-mo, the archived views went over the rim as well.

#6-- (1,523 views) The highest-ranking GRAC conference game, featuring MBB-Lake Land and Southwestern Illinois College.

#9 (1,491 views) A non-conference MBB matchup between Lake Land and Lewis & Clark Community College. Y-SO-HI? L&CCC draws internet viewership and can be found ranking in Lakers All-Access 5th, 7th, 9th, and 18th.

Additional POI: Four of the Top-20 games do not feature a Lake Land team. The collective views of the TOP-20, to date: 30,070. The average views per Top-20 game is 1,503. Although there has never been enough interest to broadcast Lake Land volleyball, three test videos of a 2011 match gathered 2,068 views. Neither the softball or baseball field are equipped with the necessary video connections to make live broadcast possible.


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